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16 September 2006 @ 03:34 pm
It's been a week since I got back from the forest but only today did I get some time to process pictures from the trip. It was a weird feeling going into the jungle after so long - the sights and sounds that were once so familiar seemed alien and learning them all over again was a little tricky. To add to that, my usual bird watching was badly suppressed because of a crazy rule that the forest department has enforced. Apparently, open top vehicles are dangerous because people can stand up and cause nuisance to animals and there could be leopards sitting on trees which will jump into the vehicles when they pass under - so all vehicles have their roofs covered and people are expected to see wildlife from the windows. For them, wildlife is tiger, leopard, bear, dhole, elephant, deer and bison. Who goes to the jungle to watch birds? I think it's only a matter of time before they will have caged buses for the safaris. Sad. I don't get the need to go to safaris in such vehicles. I go to the forests to see what I can, not only for big game. And there are many like me who would be extremely disappointed with this new rule.

Tusker in musth walking across a fire line in the forest. Notice the chopped tail. When bull elephants fight, they sometimes bite each others tails off! I guess this one was the receiving end a long time ago.

Wild boars along the Bandipur main road.

Yellow-footed Green Pigeons.

A young peacock without his magnificent tail.

A mural in my room at Bandipur. Every room has a different animal.

In tiger country, sleeping in the trees is a better option than sleeping on the ground. :)

New arrival - a 24 hour old elephant calf. Born to the camp elephant at Bandipur.

Brown Fish Owl.

Photographers! All types of cameras at work - from the mobile phone camera to compact digital to video camera to the most powerful one - the human brain. All of them intently watching a pack of wild dogs

A male spotted deer smelling the air for potential mates.

For an excellent write-up about the trip, visit deponti's journal here (note: there are pictures of wild dogs feasting on a kill there).

Madansmadan on September 16th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC)
Nice Snaps
Nice Photos..:-)
kejnkejn on September 16th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
lol - look at the funny humans in the rolling tin box! :-)

and that mural is great! i don't know if i could go to sleep there though. :-)
Yathinyathin on September 16th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
> i don't know if i could go to sleep there though

Yep, the painting looks rather real... :)
Alikialiki on September 16th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, beautiful photos!
~time~fiery_fiona on September 16th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
jungle lodges :)

They finally finished 'one animal per room' thing! When i had been there in january only two rooms were done with the pictures!
Yathinyathin on September 18th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
Actually, they don't have the paintings in all the rooms. I think there are 5/6 out of the ten which have paintings...
Krishna_aks_ on September 16th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
you are soooooooooo wonderful!
thank you!
ajat: Andre Nelajat on September 16th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
So beautiful ! Sooooooooo beautiful !

Oh, have a look at this picture a friend posted ... Warthogs in RSA. I have informed her that I'm showing it to you.
Yathinyathin on September 18th, 2006 06:00 am (UTC)
Nice. But Warthogs look much dangerous with the big tusks! :D
ajatajat on September 20th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
Okey, she doesn't mind. Actually she took the pic with her phone in her office compound. Apparently they rootle there for stuff and don't bother anyone. Just go around rootling …

I thought they looked somnolent rather than dangerous. I'd have given them a potato each had I been there.
floopilot: waterfloopilot on September 17th, 2006 07:15 am (UTC)
yathin, i have to say, the one with "diff types of camera" takes the cake :)
oooo, the delicious irony .. aptly captioned!

ps: added you
Yathinyathin on September 18th, 2006 06:08 am (UTC)
> yathin, i have to say, the one with "diff types of camera" takes the cake

Yep, it was even more funny there because everyone in the bus were pushing each other to get a better view of the wild dogs. I wish I had a video camera to get that... :)

> ps: added you

added you as well...
shruthi_dipalishruthi_dipali on September 17th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
no more open jeep safaris!! Oh no... this sucks..
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
open jeep safaris
I think yathin means no open van safaris
Open Jeep safari is still avbl at Bandipur for 1750 per jeep.
The people photos really great. Yathin, how did you manage that photo? seeing wilddogs or big cats in a van safari is so rare. Next time try my place attached to mudumalai (http://www.wildlifesanctuarindia.com) border. www.wildlifesanctuarindia.com
best regards, bala
(Anonymous) on September 19th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
Nice pictures again! Two questions - "male deer smelling the air for potential mates" - how does this work? Do the females secrete any special hormones during the mating season? Do they also develop special marks like the sore patch of the sambar deer? Also, how come no changeable hawk eagle pictures - i was waiting for those!

Yathinyathin on September 19th, 2006 11:47 am (UTC)
> Do the females secrete any special hormones during the mating season?

Yep. Pheromones. That's when they are in estrous. Also, notice the glands in front of the eyes on the deer which are used to secrete pheromones, mostly to mark territories.

> Do they also develop special marks like the sore patch of the sambar deer?

Don't think so. But not sure of that.

EB: eb 'statue'_eb on August 19th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting these great photos. I stumbled upon them while looking for pictures of South India (I'm planning a trip). I can't wait to see Bandipur for myself.
Yathinyathin on August 21st, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
Bandipur is just awesome and if you like the wilderness - it's one of the best places to be in and easily my most favourite jungles in India. Let me know if you need more information regarding Bandipur or places around there since they have all been great haunts of mine.

Unfortunately though, having moved to northern California now means that I just can't take off every weekend to be there like I used to when I lived in Bangalore... :(